Ann entered the clothing trade straight from school and spent 40 years as a pattern-maker. During those years she indulged her interest in flowers and their shapes by painting them in watercolour. Ann had a little point and shoot camera which she used to record images she was going to paint later.
Early in In 2010 Ann thought she would try to understand a bit more about photography and attended a “How to turn on your camera class” with her little camera. This started her on her journey.
Ann borrowed her fathers Nikon D 60 SLR camera and purchased a macro lens for it
From that point, she was hooked; it was like a new world. Ann purchased her own camera and started on her exploration of the world of macro. She was encouraged to enter competitions and started to gain some acceptances.
In 2011 Ann applied for, and gained her Licentiateship. She tried for an Associateship the following year and it “failed”….she was very disappointed. She sat back and thought about why this had happened and realised that she had assembled the “A” set from a purely technical approach, she knew then that she needed to have a passion about what she was creating, not a formula.
In 2014 Ann gained her Associateship which was a set of tile shapes called “Floras Winter Profile” followed by her Fellowship “Flora Botanicals “in 2015.
This was a very busy time for Ann as she was also involved in other aspects of the club, eg. Putting together the Laurie Thomas AV (for 4 years), producing the end of year certificates (along with other club certificates), and being a member of the NZ Camera team.
During this time Ann had been entering overseas competitions and in 2013 she gained an AFIAP. Followed by an EFIAP in 2015
Earlier this year Ann attended a judge training course put on by PSNZ and applied to become a trainee, it has been a steep learning curve but she is managing to keep her head above water.